Homeschooling parents have a unique set of challenges. Balancing educational needs with creating good humans, all while not losing our own mind is hard. You have enough to do. So I am going to write your New Year’s Resolutions for you!
1. Take More Recess!
Resolve to send the kids out to play in all kinds of weather. Take them to the park more and set up more play-dates. Physical and social skills we get from recess are important too!
2. Sing and Dance more!
Music and dance are proven to enhance many parts of the brain. And they also improve mood and memory. Make them part of your new year!
3. Fewer Library Fees and Fines
Okay, let’s not get crazy, I said fewer—which means less than last year—not none! Goals need to be attainable.
4. Take more field trips.
Kids learn best from hands-on, real-life experiences. But field trips can be exhausting to plan and take. So make a reasonable goal to take at least one good trip that is outside your comfort zone and some small easy ones.
What do I mean by an easy one? It might be a trip to the pet store to see the fish. A visit to a small local nature center or just a visit to a local state park for an afternoon of exploring. The range of field trip options is endless, so set a goal to take a few.
5. Do more cooking with your kids!
Cooking helps kids to be more independent and self-sufficient. It also helps strengthen their fine motor control and ability to follow directions. Reading the recipe and making cookies is not that different from reading the directions for a chemistry lab—except the results should taste better.
6. Give yourself permission to leave behind what isn’t working.
Your children only get one childhood. Don’t ruin it feeling frustrated about how many worksheets they should do each day. The right curriculum can be great, but don’t make yourself stick with something that isn’t working. Resolve to walk away from things that just don’t work.
I think that’s enough! This year is going to be a great year! Let’s all plan to enjoy it!
About the Author
Laura Sowdon, OTR/L is an occupational therapist, writer, speaker, educator and creator of the Five Senses Literature Lessons homeschool curriculum. She has worked as an occupational therapist with children in public and private schools, as well as private practice. Laura has taught and managed homeschool co-ops as well as homeschooling her own three children. Laura is dedicated to the idea of educating children at a pace that aligns with brain and physical development milestones and respects neurodiversity in all its forms.